what printers to buy to print photos?


Status
Not open for further replies.

RxXxX

New Member
Sep 10, 2006
62
0
0
#1
wanna check around with you guys what type of pronters should i go for.
higher dpi or the cheap and low dpi ones
what brand and model are the good ones for printing photos at home.
 

Qingkai

New Member
Oct 15, 2005
307
0
0
32
Toa Payoh
www.flickr.com
#2
Just thought i might share my slight research done in buying my pixma i4200

generally its not good to spend too much into printer since u very well know that these are blood sucking companies tryng to run a long run profit into every set u pay. Seriously u pay more for the ink then the printer itself.

Firstly unless u desperately need a photocopier and scanner, never get a all in one. You will sacrifice quality for function. A dedicated printer is also easier to dispose off to get a new one once u reached the economical limit of each printer (where ink refills bought exceed much more than what u pay for the printer)

Quality wise, canon offers the pixma series with 1 pico litter ink droplet and 9600X2400 resolution which is a first in the industry. HP on the other hand offers 6 colour printers. But i was told that other printers actually mixes ink to achieve 6 colour using algorithm too, so its rather redundant to have 6 catridges to pay for !!. Epson is again a usual pain in the neck with the most complians. In my opinion and after chatting with many vendors especially the friendly ink ladies at SGink, canon would be a much better choice followed by HP.

rule of thumb... more printing quality less frills (LCD monitor, scanning, photocopy.. ) that will be a better choice! resolution, accurate reproduction of colours, bordless printing, ...

Warning though. Those suckers at canon now installs prismatic ink detection device with microchips recording usage on every cartridge. Illegal refills will be detected and possibly result in void of warranty if illegal refills are made.. ( what the heck just refill lol ;) )

anyway for good quality ink, do check out the friendly vendors at SGink at simlim... can ask them for unbiased opinions too :)

my 2 cents worth ... hope it helps
 

totoro17

New Member
Nov 6, 2006
872
0
0
#3
i think the threadstarter is talking about photo printer
 

harper

Senior Member
Mar 13, 2005
907
0
16
lost in translation
#5
i've been using the free selphy CP720 and find it quite good... as i seldom print photos and only print one or two at a time, so going to the print labs are not worth it... but up to 4R only... :D
 

Qingkai

New Member
Oct 15, 2005
307
0
0
32
Toa Payoh
www.flickr.com
#6
hmmm those compact photo printers ? but they offer only a resolution of 360X360? compared to "photo printers" as in full fledged printers optimised for printing?
 

harper

Senior Member
Mar 13, 2005
907
0
16
lost in translation
#7
hmmm those compact photo printers ? but they offer only a resolution of 360X360? compared to "photo printers" as in full fledged printers optimised for printing?
well... they're photo printers... used specifically to print photos... :D
 

RxXxX

New Member
Sep 10, 2006
62
0
0
#8
lol what i meant was to get a good printer to print photos not a compact photo printer. thx
but heard that canon printer are good but they got inkjet laserjet and bubble jet.. just what is the difference?
 

Qingkai

New Member
Oct 15, 2005
307
0
0
32
Toa Payoh
www.flickr.com
#9
lol what i meant was to get a good printer to print photos not a compact photo printer. thx
but heard that canon printer are good but they got inkjet laserjet and bubble jet.. just what is the difference?
generally inkjet and bubble jet are the same thing. Most printers are inkjets (heat inks to form bubbles and pushes ink out of nozzle) Inkjets give good quality. Laser jets are more for office copiers and mass printing ... low quality.

Theres also dye sublimation which goes into compact printer...
 

superfly

New Member
Feb 12, 2006
225
0
0
Jurong West
#10
Personally, I would recommend the Canon PIXMA series. I'm using a MP530 (copier, scan & fax) and am pretty pleased with the photo printouts.
 

Yatlapball

Senior Member
May 13, 2006
2,351
0
0
Volcano Land
www.emotively.com
#11
i've got a question about these photoprinters like the selphy. I'm not very sure since I usually send my stuff to a lab to print, does the selphy have an annoying habit of cropping off photos? Maybe I am missing something when I tried using my wife's printer, but it happily printed past the tearing lines on the card and sort of cropped my top and bottom.

i sized the photos to exactly 100x148mm . since the actual size is obviously not 4x6" as printed on their paper refill box.
 

lastboltnut

Senior Member
Mar 23, 2006
4,528
0
0
Where the wind blows...
#12
I am currently using the Sony 4R photo printer with Dye Sublimation. If you google, Dye Sublimation technology is more suitable for photo printing as it does have the dots like inkjet printer, the reason is, it doesn't print by spraying dots.

However, I am not sure which other photo printer uses Dye Sublimation. One thing about the sony model, it does crop off abit on the long size of the photo, even if your pic is 2/3 ratio...
 

Oct 31, 2006
342
0
0
Singapore Central
#14
HP B9180.:thumbsup: :)
If you have the budget, this is probably the best A3+ printer you can buy. Its quality matches the Epson R2400 but is easier to use and the cost per print should also be cheaper. You will however need a lot of space as this is a really big printer.
 

Qingkai

New Member
Oct 15, 2005
307
0
0
32
Toa Payoh
www.flickr.com
#15
yup ip4200 !!! about pixels and dots... if u get the ip4200 and equivalent u would be printing at 1 picoliter dots... thats microscopic. true about the ink though expensive ! ;)
 

BlueBull

New Member
Mar 31, 2002
912
0
0
44
Punggol
Visit site
#16
Canon ip4200.

The print quality for photos is amazing.

People dun believe that I print the photos (on my ip4200) myself and always ask which printing shop I print at.
 

RxXxX

New Member
Sep 10, 2006
62
0
0
#17
lets say i wanna get the canon printer.
whats the cost of it? the printer and the ink?
 

Patryk

New Member
Mar 8, 2004
659
0
0
32
#19
Canon ip4200.

The print quality for photos is amazing.

People dun believe that I print the photos (on my ip4200) myself and always ask which printing shop I print at.
i have an ip4200 myself, and for its price range, it really exceeds my expectations in terms of print quality. i got it for $179 (street price) at courts, if you search around sim lim you may get it for slightly less. it also does a great job with greyscale prints as i do lots of black and white photography.
 

SnappyVC

New Member
Oct 16, 2006
37
0
0
Yishun
#20
i got my ip4200 at 160 and ink would cost 14 per cartridge? havent finish my ink yet so not very sure;)
Hi There Qingkai. Just got my iP4200 last weekend. Wonder where you got your $14/ink catridge from? Need to get some refills on standby for sure. HN sells them at $19.99 for the small cartridge which is very expensive for sure. Need to know where to get the lowest cost cartridge. Thanks in advance.
 

Status
Not open for further replies.
Top Bottom